"AsapSCIENCE" by Mitchell Moffitt and Greg Brown

What would happened if you stop sleeping?  Are long naps or power naps better?  Is television binge-watching bad for us? (I don’t think I want to know the answer to that one.)  These are the questions that were never answered in science class, but apply much more to our lives than many of the things we did learn.  

From the creators of the popular scientific YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE, comes a new book that will answer all of your most pressing science questions.  AsapSCIENCE: Answers to the World’s Weirdest Questions, Most Persistent Rumors, and Unexplained Phenomena, by Mitchell Moffitt and Greg Brown, is a hilarious and fascinating book that explains the true science behind our world.

This is a great, engaging book that makes the science behind everyday life fun and easy to understand.  Moffitt and Brown write with ease and humour, accompanied by fantastic illustrations, on a wide range of topics from brain freeze to sleep.  Nothing is off limits, even sex.

I had actually never watched the YouTube channel before I read this book but I picked it up because while I was never good at science in school, I enjoy learning about everyday science.  This book is perfect for someone like me.  

Some of the questions answered are old wives' tales we’ve heard from our parents (Does being cold make you sick? Does shaving make your hair grow thicker?) while some are more “current” questions (Could a zombie apocalypse happen? Why do we hate photos of ourselves?).  There are more than enough questions and answers in this book to make you the most knowledgable person at your next get-together.  In fact, just after I finished reading this book, I was at a family gathering where the conversation steered toward the “5 Second Rule,” which is a topic in the book.  This led to a great conversation about the book.  And the “Are Silent Farts More Deadly?” question went over very well with my children.

If you’re a serious student of science, you may not find this book that interesting or earth-shattering.  But if you’re a student of life, you’ll find this very enjoyable.  You can sit down with this book and spend the entire afternoon with it.  And then you’ll probably spend the evening watching the YouTube channel.


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